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U.S. President

Seasons 1-7

The president's name is unknown.

Also unknown if it's the same president serving through two terms, although it seems likely, given that Hammond appears to maintain some sort of personal relationship with him.

Confirmation on a two-term president came in sixth season. He appears to have been in office for a year or so when the SGC program started up under Hammond. As of six years later, he's 'nearing the end of his second term' (Paradise Lost) and the campaign process for the next president is at the party-convention stage (Smoke and Mirrors).

In the beginning of the program, he was very keen on the SGC, SG-1, and Jack O'Neill: when Kinsey questioned the necessity of the program, the president held Jack and SG-1 up 'as a shining example of the fine work the SGC is doing,' and demanded that Kinsey give them a fair trial. (Politics)

The president and the Joint Chiefs were unwilling to risk further loss of life, and refused to approve the reinforcements Hammond had promised to SG-3 and the others trapped on Hathor's planet. (Into the Fire)

With the Biliskner in Earth's orbit infested with Replicators and possibly about to land, and no word from SG-1 about what was going on, the president went to Defcon 3, and decided that if the ship landed, he would tell the rest of the world what they were facing. (Nemesis)

Eventually, either the president lost his regard for the SGC, or Kinsey simply gained enough power to block him, because he stopped taking phone calls from Hammond, and didn't carry through with a meeting with Jack (Kinsey intercepted Jack, but it's hard to believe he could do that without repercussions if the president wasn't aware of his actions in advance -- 2001).

Despite the government's official refusal to become involved in the kidnapping of Daniel and Dr. Lee, the president took Hammond's call about it and agreed to help, at least to some degree -- he requested that the CIA gather as much intell about the area/situation as possible. Eventually he gave the green light to a two-man rescue operation (Jack and Burke). (Evolution, part 2)

Assigned Emmett Bregman to film a documentary about the stargate program, insisting that the SGC cooperate. (Heroes, parts 1 & 2)

Seasons 7-8:

Henry Hayes (name confirmed in Lost City, part 1)

Vice President is Bob Kinsey. (Inauguration)

His Chief of Staff (presumably) is Stan, last name unknown. (Inauguration)

His secretary's name is Holly. (Inauguration)

He had some military service, during which time he knew Hammond -- they were lieutenants together at some point (likely in the late 1960s or early 1970s, since Hammond was a lieutenant in 1969). (Lost City, part 1)

His first meeting on his first working day in office was with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Francis Maynard, who briefed him on the stargate program. The president didn't believe him at first. (Inauguration)

He was not at all happy to find out that Kinsey had known all about the program all along, and hadn't breathed a word of it to him. (Inauguration)

When Kinsey started right in on demanding that they clean house at the SGC, replacing all current personnel, the president balked. He balked even more when Kinsey brought God into it, insisting that Kinsey convince him he's right if he wanted the president to agree with him. (Inauguration)

Had little patience and no respect for Kinsey's religious fanatacism. (Inauguration)

Was well aware of Kinsey's ambitious streak, and under no illusions about the sort of man he was, clearly making the connection between Kinsey and the rogue NID. (Inauguration)

When Kinsey made slightly veiled references to 'you know why you're here' (meaning the campaign financing Kinsey had brought to their ticket) in an attempt to get the president to back him on the SGC issue, the president calmly replied that he was there because the people had elected him 'to run their country, not the whole damn galaxy', and that it was his office, not Kinsey's. (Inauguration)

After reading many reports, hearing Kinsey's and Woolsey's take, listening to Maynard's view of things (including his plea that the SGC be left intact while they hunted for the Lost City, to find a weapon to use against Anubis), and considering some of the political ramifications when the stargate program finally became public knowledge, the president had reached an initial conclusion: 'Hammond and SG-1 have done an extraordinary job under very difficult circumstances, but in doing so, they've made some mistakes. They've made some enemies, and frankly, I don't know if I can protect them.' (Inauguration)

When Woolsey returned for a private meeting, explaining the existence of the rogue NID and its backers, the president said he knew all about it, and only hoped that money had been their chief motivation for running the rogue program -- but he doubted it. (Inauguration)

He basically expected Woolsey to tell him that Kinsey was still in league with the rogue NID -- he was perfectly aware that the rogue NID would have been willing to take the price off Kinsey's head in return for the complete control over the stargate afforded by the White House. (Inauguration)

Woolsey left the incriminating disk with the president. (Inauguration)

He had an initial review of the SGC conducted, and determined to suspend all current SGC operations until a new government division could be established to provide oversight. (Lost City, part 1)

He chose Dr. Elizabeth Weir to be the new head of the stargate program. (Lost City, part 1)

Good at anticipating reaction: when he sent Kinsey off to brief Dr. Weir prior to their meeting, he included a note saying 'This is not a joke' and his signature, to be given to her when she asked 'Is this a joke?' (which she did). (Lost City, part 1)

When Weir finally arrived in his office, after being briefed and reading up a bit on the program (hours after Kinsey picked her up), Hayes called his secretary to have a car come get Weir in five minutes, throwing her off her stride again. (Lost City, part 1)

He explained why he'd chosen her -- her gifts at diplomacy and negotiation, and her ability to see to the heart of things, basically -- and assured her that although he did want a less threatening 'look' to the program than a military general, she was being put in charge, not placed as a figurehead with no real power. He was completely confident that she'd accept the position. (Lost City, part 1)

Apparently as soon as Weir accepted, Hayes had Hammond relieved of command, effective immediately. Hammond found out on Saturday morning. (Lost City, part 1)

When Hammond arrived on Monday to meet with Hayes after being relieved of SGC command, Hayes reassured him that it was nothing to do with his record, which was exemplary -- it was a political move that had to be made. He also refused to entertain the idea of Hammond's retirement, saying he wanted Hammond's expertise right there in Washington. (Lost City, part 1)

A day or two later (the timeline got murky after Monday morning), while he was in a meeting with Hammond, Kinsey, and Maynard, General Jumper arrived to announce that space-based radar had picked up three Goa'uld ships heading for Earth. He said that the Prometheus and the fleet of F-302s could handle it, but Hammond, while agreeing that that was true if there were no other ships coming, respectfully suggested that they not send the Prometheus out he believed it to be a feint, for Anubis to judge their defenses, and wanted to give SG-1 a chance to return with weapons technology they could use. Hayes agreed with Hammond, and left the military at DEFCON 3. (Lost City, part 2)

During an Oval Office meeting with Jumper, Hammond, Kinsey, Maynard, and an unnamed woman, Anubis appeared in hologram form. Once that was clear (after the Secret Service shot up the Oval Office pretty severely trying to get him), Hayes faced Anubis down, laughing off Anubis's demands that he bow before his god and instead offering to discuss Anubis's surrender. Anubis said that Hayes was bringing destruction down on the world -- Hayes said it would never happen, and Anubis vanished. (Lost City, part 2)

Almost immediately, 30-plus ships appeared in orbit around the planet. Kinsey promptly suggested that Hayes head for a bunker. Hayes refused. (Lost City, part 2)

For the first two hours, the attack focused on power grids and broadcast terminals around the globe, knocking out communications. (Lost City, part 2)

Hayes shifted the military to DEFCON 1, and orders the launch of the Prometheus -- under the command of General George Hammond. (Lost City, part 2)

Weir contacted Hayes (on speakerphone) to give him her opinion on what should happen next: Prometheus should be used to buy SG-1 time to do what they needed to do. Kinsey (at the SGC trying to escape to the alpha site) tried to override her, telling Hayes that her plan was insane and that he was relieving her and taking over the facility. (Lost City, part 2)

Hayes told Kinsey to shut the hell up, and told him to 'consider [Kinsey's] resignation accepted'. When Kinsey objected, Hayes said he had enough on him to have him shot, then told him to shut the hell up again. (Lost City, part 2)

Hayes went with Weir's idea, and sent Prometheus to Antarctica with its fleet of F-302s. (Lost City, part 2)

Left stargate operations suspended after Anubis's attack, in order to use the stargate as political leverage in negotations with 11 other nations regarding the control of the Ancient base in Antarctica. (New Order)

After Jack was back to normal and back on Earth, Hayes extended an invitation (through Weir) for him to come have dinner at the White House. (New Order)

He asked Weir to supervise the research at the Ancient outpost in Antarctica -- it was a delicate task, given the various international claims being made on the site. (New Order)

Six days into the 'zone' portion of the SGC lockdown to prevent Anubis's escape through the stargate, with no further sign of Anubis's presence anywhere on base, Hayes lost patience and told Jack he had 24 hours to reestablish normal gate operations. (Lockdown)

Called Alec Colson personally to try to talk him out of going public with information about alien influences on Earth. (Covenant)

nb: Hayes's name was never given, nor was it specifically said that the call was about this particular issue. So it's possible that it was the previous president, calling him for an earlier matter -- but it seems unlikely in the context of the episode's events.

Although he had nothing to do with the attacks on Colson, he wasn't sorry he was publicly discredited. He appears to have approved the plan to get Colson offworld to do further R& D for the stargate program -- really the perfect solution to both allowing him to continue doing what he loved rather than going to jail for something he didn't do, and keep him from convincing anyone back on Earth that he really was telling the truth. (Covenant)

Actually met an Asgard (Thor) in person (to my knowledge, the previous president never did). He invited Jack and Thor to a meeting at the White House during the Colson Industries problem. (Covenant)

Altered timeline: see Hayes

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U.S. Secretary of Defense

David Swift in 1997. (The Nox)

Arthur Simms was the U.S. Secretary of Defense as of 1999.

He came to the SGC to honor the entire command, for their everyday actions and most especially for their actions in defeating Hathor and rescuing SG-1, captured in the line of duty. He was personally pleased at the fact that the president couldn't make it, because he had a personal fascination with the SGC. He stayed on to represent the president after Thor arrived to set up negotiations with the Goa'uld to include Earth in the Protected Planets Treaty. He was as troubled as everyone else at the thought of giving up both stargates, knowing (from reading every single mission report as it was submitted) how important the program was, but believed a peaceful solution to the crisis had to be considered. He was willing to pass along any alternative ideas to the president, though, and to guarantee that they would be considered. Later, he took the call from the president accepting the Goa'ulds's terms, and passed it along. (Fair Game)

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NASA

Head in 1998 was Bollinger (SG-universe only, not ours). (Secrets)

NASA has been getting steadily more involved in helping with the SGC, starting at least with The Serpent's Lair (late 1997/early 1998) when the space shuttle Endeavor picked up the gliders carrying Jack, Sam, Teal'c, and Bra'tac. By Failsafe (2001), NASA is tracking SG-1's progress approaching the asteroid headed for Earth.

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State Department

The State Department stuck to the official line when Daniel and Dr. Lee were kidnapped, refusing to pay the ransom, even through unofficial channels no one was willing to risk the ties with the Honduran government over it. (Evolution, part 2)

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Senator Fisher

As of early 2005, he was the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. With the demise of the Goa'uld and the Replicators, he decided that it was time to look to purely planetary defense, rather than exploration in hopes of new technology. He cut Stargate Command's budget to 30% of its previous operating budget, and put more money into producing more Daedalus-class ships. (The Ties That Bind)

When Landry continued to object, Fisher gave him two choices: accept the budget cuts, or convince the International Committee to contribute to SGC's funding (the IC had decided to throw its full financial support behind the civilian-led Atlantis expedition, ostensibly for the study of the Ancient tech, but in both Landry and Jack's estimation, really because they had more control over it than over the US-military-led SGC). (The Ties That Bind)

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President Henry Hayes

See U.S. President seasons 7-8.

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Senator/Vice President Bob Kinsey

General info

(First name not revealed until late season seven, in Inauguration)

Political offices:

Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Commitee: seasons 1-6

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Oversight Committee: seasons 6-7

Vice President: late season 7

Assistant/secretary's name is Sara. (Inauguration)

He is categorically opposed to secret projects. (Politics)

Has been under a special executive gag order since he first found out about the stargate program. (Inauguration)

Has a hint of religious fervor about him -- not obviously in casual conversation, just enough to show up on the radar

When Teal'c said Apophis wouldn't rest until the people of Earth worshipped him as a god, Kinsey got very intense as he said 'There is only ONE God, sir, and I do not believe for one moment that he would allow for one moment what you are trying to tell me to come to pass. We are, after all, 'one nation, under God'. (Politics)

He brought God into the conversation years later as well, when he was trying to convince Hayes that they needed to do a clean sweep of the SGC Hayes wasn't impressed. (Inauguration)

In at least one potential timeline, he becomes president, thanks to the efforts of SG-1 in finding the world some 'saviors'. (2010)

Altered timeline: see Kinsey

Senate Appropriations Commitee years:

He was responsible for cutting all federal funding of the Stargate program after his inquiry into the program, believing the risk wasn't worth the price (in any terms). (Politics)

When that attempt to shut down the program ultimately failed, he joined forces with the rogue NID group trying to gain as much technology as possible, however possible.

His online activities connect him with all sorts of things, including Maybourne's secret project out of Area 51, the Russian stargate, and the threats to Hammond.

Was 'outed' to the SGC (or at least Jack, probably Hammond, and probably the rest of SG-1) as rogue NID when Maybourne brought Jack to see him in an effort to get enough info on the NID group to force them to reinstated the retired Hammond. To escape after getting the info, Jack called an impromptu press conference for Kinsey, knowing Kinsey wouldn't allow the NID guys on the street to shoot Jack and Maybourne with cameras present.

Jack 'leaks' that Kinsey will be running for president. Kinsey confirmed the rumor to the press. (Chain Reaction)

He was still planning on the presidency several months after Chain Reaction, and was convinced that Jack was out to stop that from happening (since It's All About Kinsey). (2001)

Still reading mission reports, but apparently missing the point entirely -- he honestly believed that Jack traveled to the future to send back the note in 2010, rather than Jack's future self sending it back. (2001)

Seemed to be doing what he could to cut the SGC people out of the loop -- when Jack set up an appointment to see the president (trading on the fact that he's saved the world a lot), Kinsey intercepted him, refused to grant him access, and sent him back home. (2001)

Still a generally nasty piece of work, and not trying to mask it anymore around the SGC by fifth season.

He told Hammond flat-out that what he means by 'a historic occasion' is Hammond's resignation -- and moreover said it in front of some of Hammond's people, including Sgt. Davis. (2001)

Mainly, though, he hates Jack: when it was clear that the proposed treaty with the Aschen was in the toilet, it was Jack he yelled at for an answer, and threatened with an investigation. (2001)

In the running for a spot on the presidential ticket as of 2002, although apparently his party was looking at him for VP, rather than president. (Smoke and Mirrors)

He was shot by an assassin (a rogue-NID agent who was using a Foothold mimic-device to look like Jack), a few weeks before his (unidentified) party's national convention. (Smoke and Mirrors)

Unbeknownst to anyone, Kinsey was working for Agent Barrett of the NID (who apparently blackmailed him into it, much as Jack blackmailed him into re-instating Hammond). (Smoke and Mirrors)

He parlayed the assassination attempt into political fodder, using it to feed his campaign. He also went into a press conference with Jack, clearing him of any wrongdoing -- and parlaying that into political gain, as well. (Smoke and Mirrors)

At some point in here, he switched from Senate Appropriations to Intelligence Oversight. (Disclosure)

Intelligence Oversight Committee years:

(In a move I don't understand and therefore can't properly interpret,) Kinsey joined the disclosure meeting with the Chinese, French, and UK ambassadors to the US and proceeded to undercut SG-1, Hammond, Major Davis, and Colonel Chekhov at every turn, trying to use those foreign ambassadors to finagle a completely useless domestic powergrab on Kinsey's part. (Disclosure)

The switch to Intelligence Oversight, and the attempt to commandeer the meeting to his own agenda, was all in aid of getting the stargate program switched to the NID -- basically by international fiat. (Disclosure)

Kinsey kept insisting the SGC was incompetent to handle the job, and once the ambassadors were aware of the full scope and were balking at the US military retaining full control, he started asking them to demand that the NID be given control of it, because it's a civilian organization and therefore more trustworthy than any military organization, even with those convicted traitors that the SGC had to excise from its ranks on a fairly regular basis. (Disclosure)

The NID reports to Intelligence Oversight, which would effectively put Kinsey in charge of the stargate program. (Disclosure)

If he won the presidency as he fully expected to do, he'd be in charge of the stargate program anyway (it functions on presidential directive, not congressional order), so the entire coup attempt makes no real sense. (Disclosure)

Moved up to Chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Committee -- not clear if he'd been chairman from the beginning, but that would be strange for someone who'd apparently never even been on the committee before. In any event, he was chairman within a year or so of joining the committee. (Heroes, part 2)

Returned to the SGC for the first time in two years to be part of the documentary being filmed by Emmett Bregman. (Heroes, part 1)

He smarmed his way through the interview, hammering in how important he thought the program was and how much he supported it -- clearly prepared. When Bregman asked him to redo the interview a bit more off-the-cuff, with Bregman just throwing questions at him, Kinsey flatly refused. (Heroes, part 1)

With Bregman on his heels, he deliberately sought Jack out in an apparent effort to get a show of bonhomie between them on camera. Jack was less than cooperative with that plan. (Heroes, part 1)

After making sure the camera crew heard him praising the SGC to the skies, Kinsey sent Woolsey in to review Hammond's command decision to rescue SG-13. This was part of a broader examination of the SGC's strategic policy that the Intelligence Oversight Committee was conducting for a report meant for the president. (Heroes, part 2)

Vice presidency:

Made it into office on the presidential ticket, but as vice president, not president. (Inauguration)

That didn't seem to bother him much: he'd provided a lot of financial assitance to get the president elected, and seemed to believe that that would give him a certain amount of authority in presidential decisions -- particularly regarding the stargate program. (Inauguration)

As soon as the president was briefed about the stargate program, Kinsey started in on urging him to clean house immediately, replacing all current personnel. (Inauguration)

When it looked like the president was being less than swayed by Woolsey's arguments in favor of cleaning house at the SGC in a wider meeting the next day, Kinsey took advantage of a break in the meeting to confront the president and demand that he take action. When Hayes said he wanted time to absorb it, that he wanted to know more, Kinsey resorted to veiled threats about 'you know why you're here', referring to the campaign financing he'd brought to their ticket and implying that that should put the president in his pocket. Hayes clearly didn't agree. (Inauguration)

He was sent by Hayes to brief Dr. Elizabeth Weir before her meeting/interview with Hayes about taking over as head of the SGC. Kinsey took the opportunity to try immediately swinging her to his own point of view, emphasizing the dangers of letting the Air Force, and particularly SG-1, remain in any sort of control. (Lost City, part 1)

He met with her again after her meeting with Hayes, telling her to be careful who she trusted, and that he was the one person she wanted on her side (and didn't want to cross), even ahead of the president. (Lost City, part 1)

He went to the SGC on Weir's first day, after Bra'tac brought news that Anubis would be attacking with his full fleet within three days. He wanted to be part of the meeting, and the decision-making. He was his usual not-so-charming self. (Lost City, part 1)

At first he accused Jack, SG-1, and the SGC at large, as well as Bra'tac, of fabricating the invasion in an attempt to regain control of the stargate project. Later, he claimed that Jack's action in downloading the Ancient database into his brain had brought the wrath of Earth's greatest enemy down upon them. (Lost City, part 1)

Jack nailed him on the inconsistency -- either he believed the invasion was real, or he didn't. (Lost City, part 1)

When Jack asked Weir for permission to try to access the knowledge of the Lost City in his brain, and for SG-1 to go get it if he could, Kinsey instantly said no, assuming that Weir would go along. He was not happy when she told Jack she'd consider it, and meant it. (Lost City, part 1)

He followed Weir into her office to yell at her, insisting that she didn't know O'Neill and the others like he did, and telling her that he wanted O'Neill, and all of them, gone. She informed him point-blank that he was standing in her office, and that she was going to make decisions as she saw fit, not as he wanted her to -- she didn't care what his agenda was, she wasn't going to play into it just to make him happy. Kinsey stormed off. (Lost City, part 1)

A day or two later (the timeline got murky), while he was in a meeting with Hayes, Hammond, and Maynard, General Jumper arrived to announce that space-based radar had picked up three Goa'uld ships heading for Earth. He said that the Prometheus and the fleet of F-302s could handle it. Kinsey immediately suggested they send the Prometheus, but Hammond, while agreeing that that was true if there were no other ships coming, respectfully suggested that they not send the Prometheus out he believed it to be a feint, for Anubis to judge their defenses, and wanted to give SG-1 a chance to return with weapons technology they could use. Hayes agreed with Hammond, and left the military at DEFCON 3. (Lost City, part 2)

Kinsey looked completely taken aback by Hammond's assessment (and possibly by the general agreement in the room when Hammond was speaking), unsure of how to handle it, and wound up not saying another word. He appeared completely unprepared for the idea that Earth might not be able to handle Anubis with its existing defenses. (Lost City, part 2)

When Anubis appeared in the middle of a meeting in the Oval Office (discussing the lack of activity on Anubis's part after the destruction of the Nimitz battle group), Kinsey panicked a bit -- but to his credit, not really significantly more than anyone else in the room. After the hologram vanished and word came that 30-plus Goa'uld ships had taken orbit around the planet, Kinsey urged Hayes to head for a bunker. Hayes refused, but told Kinsey to go. After hesitating a moment to try to talk Hayes into it, Kinsey left. (Lost City, part 2)

He didn't head for a bunker -- he went to Cheyenne Mountain, hoping to escape the planet and its destruction by heading for the alpha site. Weir was fairly contemptuous of his cowardice in trying to flee. He told her that if Earth survived, she was through. (Lost City, part 2)

He tried to force Weir to get him offworld when Anubis tried attacking through the gate (an attack that failed only because Weir had the presence of mind to have the iris manually closed after a power failure), clearly believing that his wishes/survival mattered more than absolutely anything else. (Lost City, part 2)

Even when SG-1 made contact with news of their trip to find Ancient weaponry, he wanted Weir to focus on him instead. (Lost City, part 2)

When Weir contacted Hayes (on speakerphone) to give him her opinion on what should happen next -- Prometheus should be used to buy SG-1 time to do what they needed to do -- Kinsey tried to override her, telling Hayes that her plan was insane and that he was relieving her and taking over the facility. (Lost City, part 2)

Hayes told Kinsey to shut the hell up, and told him to 'consider [Kinsey's] resignation accepted'. When Kinsey objected, Hayes said he had enough on him to have him shot, then told him to shut the hell up again. (Lost City, part 2)

Kinsey made a few idle threats, then stormed out -- unemployed. (Lost City, part 2)

After being forced to resign in disgrace, he was also kicked out of the Trust since he was no longer useful to them. (Full Alert)

The Trust approached him some time later and made him an interesting offer: in exchange for a large payment, they wanted him to arrange a meeting with General Miroslav Kiselev, the Russian defense minister. He'd heard (through the grapevine, apparently) that the Trust had changed its attitude after being thwarted by the SGC in its plan to use symbiote poison agains the Goa'uld, and had begun planning a more direct bid for power. When he realized that that meant they were trying to ally with the Russians against the United States, he balked, and went directly to Jack for help. (Full Alert)

Despite everything he'd done over the years, he was still adamant about having done it for God and country (in that order). (Full Alert)

He was appalled when Jack told him he had to wear a wire to the meeting with the Trust, saying that he wasn't a spy. Jack told him that if he didn't do what the Trust wanted, they'd kill him, and if he didn't do what the SGC wanted, 'We'll let 'em.' Kinsey hadn't counted on the SGC being 'under new management', as Jack put it. With no real option, he did as he was told. (Full Alert)

His notion of a good code word to bring in the SGC troops who would be lurking at a distance was 'help'. (Full Alert)

He snarked his way through the beginnings of the meeting, sure that they needed him too badly to kill him, but was shocked to find out that what they really wanted him for was to stick a Goa'uld symbiote in him. They all transported away before the SGC backup team could get there. (Full Alert)

He went to Moscow to stage a fake assassination attempt on another Goa'ulded host -- Kiselev -- in order to make it appear that the US administration had been compromised with Goa'uld, in hopes of sparking a war that would wipe out most of the planet. He expected to be caught, planning to convince the Russians that the US administration was compromised and couldn't be trusted. It worked, since the person in charge was Kiselev, who started playing his part of escalating Russia's military preparedness level. (Full Alert)

When Daniel showed up and started questioning him, Kinsey inadvertantly let slip that there was a different agenda underlying his apparent assassination attempt. With Kiselev's men about to start shooting, Daniel grabbed Kinsey and triggered a locator signal, getting them both beamed aboard the Prometheus. Kinsey refused to give up any information and was led off to the brig, but an attacky by his Trust cohorts in an al-kesh caused enough confusion to allow him to break free of his captors and escape via rings to the al-kesh. (Full Alert)

He clearly didn't trust the others there as far as he could throw them -- despite their protestations, he believed (correctly) they'd attacked the Prometheus specifically to kill him, since he was a liability after being captured. He killed the one at the controls, then ripped the hand device off the dead body's arm as the al-kesh was rocked by blows from the Prometheus. (Full Alert)

He was gone from the control room when the other Trust agents came at the run, wondering why they were no longer returning fire or trying to evade the Prometheus.

He may or may not be dead. There was no evidence that he'd escaped other than the fact that he wasn't in the control room any longer, and no one aboard the Prometheus reported spotting a ship or lifepod, or a transporter-ring stream, and the Prometheus destroyed the al-kesh very shortly after he grabbed the hand device. Nevertheless  he may well have been able to escape somehow.  (Full Alert)

Whether he's dead or not, the SGC likely believes him to be dead. (Full Alert)

Altered timeline: see Kinsey

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Senator McKnight

Apparently got elected 'on the coattails' of the new president and Kinsey's win. (Inauguration)

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Nondisclosure statements

Civilians with access to the Stargate program must sign nondisclosure statements, making them susceptible to prosecution under the Espionage Act. (Secrets)

Non-SGC military personnel also have to sign nondisclosure statements. (Prodigy)

Armin Selig, a reporter, had an unnamed source for information on the Stargate program. His death from a hit and run is listed officially as an accident. (Secrets)

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Alliances

Offworld alliances

General info

The US government, through the SGC, is making various alliances as it goes along, many of them trade-based. Some are more diplomatic/defensive, like those with the Asgard, Tollans, and Tok'ra.

The Asgard, Tollans, and Nox threatened to sever all diplomatic ties as a result of the rogue NID group's actions, and insisted that the SGC clean up its own mess with no help from them or anyone else. The Asgard further insisted that only O'Neill be involved in the sting operation. (Shades of Grey)

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Asgard

The SGC first came to the attention of the Asgard in 1998, when Daniel and Sam managed to contact Thor and tell him that the year before, SG-1 had inadverantly destroyed the protective measures he'd put in place on Cimmeria, which was now under attack. He arrived to help, but didn't contact SG-1 personally that time. (Thor's Chariot)

Later in 1998, Jack traveled to the Asgard home galaxy to have an Ancient database removed from his mind. (The Fifth Race)

Certain genetic markers in Jack convinced the Asgard that he might be the answer to their cloning problems, and they decided to keep a closer eye on him and on Earth -- without telling him why. (Fragile Balance)

By 1999, the Asgard were actively working to protect Earth, by negotiating with the Goa'uld to include Earth in the Protected Planets Treaty. (Fair Game)

Thor tapped Jack, specifically, to be the Tau'ri representative at the negotiating table. (Fair Game)

In late 1999, the Asgard, along with the Tolllans and the Nox, approached Hammond to say that they were going to cut off diplomatic ties if the SGC didn't do something about the ongoing theft of technology by apparent SGC personnel. (Shades of Grey)

The Asgard, again, specifically requested Jack for the job of going undercover. (Shades of Grey)

By late 1999 / early 2000, the relationship was fast becoming more equal: Thor called on Jack to help him rid The Biliskner of Replicators, then, a short time later, called on Sam to help the Asgard fight a key battle against the Replicators in the Asgard home galaxy. (Nemesis, Small Victories)

In both cases, he pretty much needed someone with a more primitive thinking process to come up with something the Asgard simply weren't capable of conceiving any longer.

Despite their obvious partiality toward Earth (or at least, Thor's obvious partiality toward Jack and SG-1), in 2001 the Asgard Council (headed by Freyr) flatly refused Jack's plea for intervention to help protect a planet under Asgard protection from what appeared to be a natural disaster, even though SG-1 had (accidentally) caused it. Any interference would have voided the entire Protected Planets Treaty and left all the protected worlds -- including Earth -- open to attack. (Red Sky)

In mid-to-late 2001, after the SGC found the robot who had originally created the Replicators, they handed her over to the Asgard in hopes that a solution to the Replicator problem could be found. (The Menace)

Freyr arrived at the SGC to ask SG-1 in late 2001 to rescue an Asgard scientist (Heimdall), after Thor had been unable to. (Revelations)

In mid-2002, Thor and the Asgard once again called on SG-1 for help defeating the Replicators: they'd trapped the Replicators on Hala, an Asgard homeworld, with a time-dilation device intended to keep them in a time bubble of sorts (slowing down local time so that years would pass outside while mere hours passed inside), but the Replicators had figured it out and adjusted it, speeding up their own time to replicate and evolve at a great rate to realtime eyes. SG-1 managed it, despite some problems. (Unnatural Selection)

In late 2002, the SGC asked Thor to make an appearance at a full-disclosure meeting with ambassadors from the permanent members of the UN Security Council. He did, and made quite the impression -- after he said that the Asgard would prefer that the SGC maintain control of the stargate, with its current personnel intact, they all agreed to that. (Disclosure)

The SGC called Thor in to help with a problem with a rogue Asgard, Loki -- he'd kidnapped and cloned Jack. Thor dealt with Loki, and on everyone's request, fixed the genetic problem with the cloned version of Jack, so he could live a normal life starting from the age he was in the cloning process (roughly 15-16). (Fragile Balance)

In late 2003 / early 2004, after Jack deliberately downloads another Ancient database into his mind, the Asgard failed to respond to the SGC's attempts to contact them for help. (Lost City, part 2)

When Sam and Teal'c headed for the Asgard home galaxy to try to contact them in person, they got caught up in the Asgards' attempt to destroy the Replicators forever -- they nearly got sucked into the black hole that the Asgard had formed when they collapsed Hala's sun. (New Order, part 1)

Thor arrived in time to rescue them, and they wound up involved in the battle against the Replicators who'd managed to escape Hala's destruction.(New Order, part 2)

In the end, Thor needed Jack and his Ancient knowledge to help create a weapon, so he traveled back to Earth and picked up Jack and Daniel. Jack managed to come up with a workable weapon before the Ancient knowledge became too much for him, and Thor erased it all from his mind. (New Order, part 2)

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Hak'tyl

The Hak'ty ('the liberated') are women and girls living on a world they call Hak'tyl (Liberation), after escaping there from the Goa'uld Moloc and his Ceremony of Fire (the burning to death of all newborn female Jaffa, a decree in effect for 30 years already). (Birthright)

They formed an alliance with the SGC in 2003, trading information and warrior skills for supplies and tretonin. (Birthright)

When the Hak'tyl location was compromised, the SGC granted them refuge, including their belongings and livestock. The SGC also helped scout a new world for the Hak'tyl, finding one in short order. When Moloc attacked the rebel forces on that world before the encampment could even be set up, the SGC sent tretonin for Teal'c and Ishta, and worked out a plan to wipe out the enemy forces around the gate by 'painting' targets and sending missiles through. It worked better than they could have hoped -- Moloc was standing near the stargate when it was attacked, and Aron painted him, specifically, with a laser light, making him the focal point for the missiles' attack. After that, the Hak'tyl needed another world, one no one loyal to any Goa'uld knew about, so the SGC found them another one to live on. (Sacrifices)

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Jaffa rebellion

The alliance with the Jaffa rebellion started out tentatively in 1999 (third season), when Teal'c basically started the rebellion itself by asking for Jaffa to help him rescue the rest of SG-1 from Hathor. (Into the Fire)

Over the next couple of years, the SGC had intermittent contact with the still-organizing rebels, with mutual assistance where possible. The main connecting point during this was pretty much Bra'tac, who was one of the rebellion's leaders and was, as always, a trusted friend of the SGC. (Crossroads, Serpent's Venom)

The alliance solidified in 2001 after Teal'c defeated K'tano (Imhotep) in the rite of joma secu and became de facto leader of the rebels who had joined K'tano. (The Warrior)

One of the rebels's main bases/refuges is on the SGC's alpha site. (The Warrior, Allegiance)

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Jaffa/Tok'ra/Tau'ri

The rebel Jaffa, Tok'ra, and SGC entered into a three-way alliance in 2002, when it became clear that Anubis was prepared to use them all against each other. (Allegiance)

He sent an ashrak to the Tok'ra base, and when the Tok'ra evactuated to the alpha site, the ashrak went with them and started wreaking havoc, killing several people and getting the Tok'ra and Jaffa convinced that the other race was responsible. (Allegiance)

Bra'tac and Jacob were the main driving forces behind the truce, and then the alliance that grew out of it. (Allegiance)

The three-way alliance began to crumble only a year or so after being formed, under a double-whammy on top of the stresses that had always been there: the destruction of the second alpha site after someone (Jaffa or Tok'ra) betrayed its position to Anubis, and the deaths of thousands of Olokun's Jaffa at Anubis's hands, which the rebel Jaffa believed could have been prevented by a Tok'ra operative. (Death Knell)

Eventually, both the Tok'ra and the Jaffa withdrew from the beta site, effectively ending their formal alliances with Earth (although with no real hard feelings). (Death Knell)

Both the rebel Jaffa and the Tok'ra remained available for communication, at least. (Zero Hour)

The rebels got word to the SGC of one of Anubis's planet, including a hidden base, that Baal didn't know about yet, and even sent along a hand device that gave access to the base. (Zero Hour)

Both the rebels and Tok'ra were contacted when SG-1 went missing and Baal said he had them captive, but neither could give any information about SG-1's whereabouts. (Zero Hour)

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Nox

Relations started up in 1997, although the Nox were basically annoyed by the immaturity of the human race (as seen in the actions of SG-1), and buried their stargate so the Tau'ri could never return. (The Nox)

The Nox don't consider anyone to be their enemies, so this was basically just a 'don't call us, we'll call you' move.

Despite the total lack of formal alliance with the Nox, the lines of communication still appeared to be somewhat open as of third season (1999), at least. (Shades of Grey)

There appears to be no direct Tau'ri-initiated communication, only through third parties.

The Nox were unhappy about the actions of what would turn out to be the rogue NID, and joined with the Asgard and Tollans in saying they'd cut off all diplomatic contact with Earth if the SGC didn't clean house. (Shades of Grey)

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Tok'ra

Relations started in 1998, when the SGC contacted the Tok'ra in hopes of finding an ally. (Tok'ra, part 1)

The Tok'ra at first refused an alliance because the Tau'ri were too primitive to offer sophisticated technological aid, and were unwilling to provide hosts. (Tok'ra, part 1)

After Jacob -- terminally ill with cancer -- was brought to the Tok'ra and agreed to be a host, the Tok'ra agreed to an alliance of sorts, on the grounds that the Tau'ri could offer more terminal patients as potential hosts. (Tok'ra, part 2)

nb: There has been essentially no evidence that the SGC ever recruited more people specifically to provide hosts for Tok'ra symbiotes.

The alliance with the Tok'ra was supposed to be formalized in 2000, in an agreement between the head of the Tok'ra High Council and the president of the United States -- unknown if that meeting ever actually occurred. (Divide and Conquer)

The formalization seemed to happen, regardless of whether the meeting between the leaders ever took place.

The formal agreement includes the full exchange of all potential sources of information pertaining to the Goa'uld. (Absolute Power)

Article 9 allows the SGC to request (and be given) Tok'ra mission reports -- and presumably vice-versa. (Abyss)

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Tollans

Relations technically began in 1997, when SG-1 rescued several stranded Tollans from their homeworld. Although the Tollans were unhappy about that (they were waiting for a ship to rescue them, to bring them to their new world -- which lacked a stargate), they thawed somewhat toward the SGC when Daniel helped them contact the Nox, allowing them to leave Earth before the NID could basically take them prisoner. (Enigma)

More actively, relations started in 1999, when the Tollans contacted Earth to ask SG-1 to come to Tollana to stand as archons during Skaara and Klorel's triad. (Pretense)

As a cover story to set up Jack's cover with the rogue NID, the government sent SG-1 to open formal diplomatic relations with the Tollans in 1999, in order to negotiate a trade for technology. (Shades of Grey)

To all appearances, this still counted as the beginning of formal diplomatic relations, rather than the more informal relations that had existed before. (Shades of Grey)

The alliance never seemed to be terribly active, but at times when the SGC had people trapped offworld, they were able to contact the Tollans to ask them to send a ship to rescue them. (A Hundred Days, Tangent)

The alliance came to a rather bloody end in 2001.

To save their world, much of the Curia had agreed to allow Tanith to use Tollana as a staging ground to send bombs (built using Tollan technology) through Earth's stargate, without warning Earth about it. (Between Two Fires)

SG-1 found out about it and talked Narim into doing the right thing, helping them to protect Earth from Tollana's betrayal. He did, but the end result was the destruction of Tollana. (Between Two Fires)

A few Tollans made it offworld in ships, but not many, and communications with them was cut off almost immediately. They've never been heard from again. (Between Two Fires)

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Earth alliances

The Antarctic Treaty:

This is an existing, real-world treaty: http://www.nsf.gov/od/opp/antarct/anttrty.htm

The United States was one of the 12 original signatories in 1959.

15 more nations became signatories in 2000, and an additional 18 have acceded to the treaty.

Established to promote scientific research in the Antarctic, for the benefit of all mankind. (New Order)

Article One states that there shall be no establishment of any military base and no testing of military weapons. (New Order)

11 other nations claimed shared jurisdiction of the Ancient base, citing the global nature of the research that's supposed to be done in Antarctica. (New Order)

(nb: in reality, 45 nations have signed the treaty -- 27 of them have 'consultative' status.)

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Russians

The Pentagon has made a deal with the Russians, to share information and technology gained through the stargate as long as the Russians decommission the gate their salvaged gate. (Watergate, Chain Reaction, Absolute Power) Details.

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UN Security Council

The other permanent members of the Security Council -- United Kingdom, France, and China.

The alliance, in Colonel Chekhov's words, would require an unprecedented level of military cooperation, and total secrecy on the part of all the governments involved. Although the ambassadors of the three countries at first all balked when the SGC program was formally disclosed, a little visit from Thor, who clearly favored an alliance with the SGC at the helm, changed their minds.

When Anubis sends three ships to test Earth's defenses (to see if Earth had managed to get hold of Ancient weaponry), Hayes ordered the military to stand at DEFCON 3, but also ordered that the governments of Russia, Great Britain, France, China, and Canada be informed about what was going on. (Lost City, part 2)

It isn't clear when Canada was first informed about the stargate program, but it could have been at any time, since Canada is half of NORAD, and the folks at NORAD pretty much have to have some sort of clue about what goes on in the subbasement.

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The International Committee

Background

A civilian group made up of representatives from all the countries currently involved in the Stargate or Atlantis projects.   (The Ties That Bind)

It appears to have grown out of the international negotiations for control of the Ancient outpost in Antarctica. (New Order, The Ties That Bind)

In early 2005, despite General Landry's warnings about how it would affect the day-to-day operations of the project, the International Committee decided to throw its full financial backing behind the Atlantis project, with the SGC serving a support role. They claimed that this was because of the importance of the Ancient technology on Atlantis, but both Landry and Jack believed it had more to do with the fact that the Atlantis expedition was civilian-led, and that its leader had been chosen by the Committee -- they had more control over it than the US-military-led SGC. (The Ties That Bind)

The only way the IC would grant funding (which the SGC desperately needed, after the Senate Appropriations Committee chaired by Senator Fisher cut their funding by fully 70%) would be if Landry allowed them to appoint a civilian position, obviously to be filled by someone of the IC's choosing, with full access to the base and a voice in every major decision -- a watchdog. (The Ties That Bind)

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Political attempts to subvert the SGC

Often involve the NID

Ever since the beginning of the Stargate program, there have been philosophical skirmishes behind the scenes, with politicians pulling the strings outside the jurisdiction of the military. There was an initial push to bring back whatever was necessary, regardless of consequences, but it failed -- although Hammond believed that a major player never showed his face, and continued to work behind the scenes. (Touchstone)

Senator Kinsey has probably been the key political player all along, trying to either shut the program down entirely or subvert it to America Uber Alles ideology.

By the middle of fourth season, it's clear that Hammond, Jack, and the SGC in general are losing their pull in Washington, starting with Chain Reaction when Hammond is driven into retirement and replaced with an NID patsy.

By 2001 (mid fifth season), the president is refusing to take Hammond's calls, the Pentagon is refusing to listen to the SGC's recommendations, and Kinsey is actively (and successfully) preventing Jack from seeing the president.

Kinsey made a bold, sweeping move to wrest control of the SGC away from Hammond and Jack by getting other countries to insist on it, during a meeting with the ambassadors to the US of the nations who are permanent members of the UN Security Council. His hope was to convince Great Britain, France, and China to 'compromise' (between Hammond's wish to keep the SGC under US military control at Cheyenne Mountain, and the ambassadors's wish to put it under joint international control on neutral territory) by accepting Kinsey's offer to move control to a US civilian oversight organization -- the NID. He had also managed to switch senate committees to put himself on intelligence oversight, which would effectively put him in control of the NID, and thus of the SGC. The moved failed, but it was a near thing. (Disclosure)

Kinsey made a final push to gain control of the SGC when he was voted in as vice president. He urged President Hayes to do a clean sweep of the SGC, using an NID audit of the SGC and some pretty distasteful insinuations and allegations as a reason. And just to be on the safe side, he tried to convince Dr. Weir that she should trust him and only him when she took over as acting head of the SGC. (Inauguration, Lost City part 1)

Both gambits failed: Hayes didn't trust Kinsey at all, and Weir had no intention of being railroaded into anything. In the end, they both supported the SGC in much its original incarnation, and Kinsey was out of the (official) political loop for good after Hayes fired his ass ('accepted his resignation'). (Lost City, part 2)

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